Dogwood Farm Wedding

Dogwood Farms Wedding White BarnRustic Dogwood Farm Wedding

It is rare that I assist for weddings, in fact I have only ever done it twice in 11 years.  I did once when I first started into photography back in 2007 and then again recently to help out a fellow photographer that was in a bind.  This lovely wedding at Dogwood Farms in Alabama had all the romantic boho feels with a sweet first look between Leanne and Jay in the front of the pretty white barn before having a faith centered ceremony under a grand tree in the back field surrounded by some dear bridesmaids and groomsmen who honestly kept everyone laughing with their good sense of humor.

The Ring-bearer Lost It

Later they had a dance under the cafe lights and trees as the sun set before heading into the barn for an evening of dancing and time with family.  I would have to say my most favorite part of the day was watching a little boy as he sat observing the couples portraits after the ceremony.  Being a momma as well, I headed over to check on him as I noticed he was just bawling at the sight of LeeAnne and Jay as they took their portraits.  I asked him why he was so upset and he started crying even more.  It turns out that LeeAnne was his most favorite baby-sitter and he was terrified that now she was married she would move away and he would never see her again.  After hearing that, I made sure he got a special photo just with her before they headed inside for the evening.  It turns out she wasn’t moving . . and MAN that made his night!

This was my first time photographing at Dogwood Farms and I absolutely loved the classically romantic barn wedding with their amazing architectural doors and whitewashed exterior complete with stately historic trees surrounding the venue.  Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Wise.

Vendors

Venue: Dogwood Farms

Planner: Make It Perfect Events

Floral Design: Trissie Mixon

 

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Private Lakefront Bridal Portraits

Lakefront Bridal Portrait SessionLakefront Bridal Portrait

She’s MARRIED!  I can finally share sweet Sara’s bridal portrait session at the lake from last month.  When we started to plan her portraits, the one thing she was adamant about was having the lake as a backdrop for them.  Both Sara and Sean are avid water skiers and run a local club dedicated to the sport.  We headed out to a lakefront estate for her session.

With its classic lines and modern back, her dress was absolutely gorgeous and reminded me of something that would have graced the likes of Audrey Hepburn!  I loved the addition of her cathedral style veil handmade by her mother and edged with lace from her own wedding dress.

Give Me ALL the Puppies

The other thing that was incredibly important to Sara was the ability to have her dog Maverick with her for some of her images in her dress.  He was so well behaved and I just loved his curly hair.  We often get asked if we allow couples to bring their dogs for portrait sessions and our answer is always ABSOLUTELY. . . as fellow dog lovers we love the ability to not only capture the love our couples have for each other but also for their fur babies.  Congrats again to Sara and Sean on their recent wedding at SouthWind Plantation.

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Engaged Editorial Shoot

Engaged Library Wedding Magazine

Engaged Editorial Shoot

Once engaged, what girl doesn’t love a seeing her sparkly diamonds in a gorgeous heirloom velvet ring box?!  How about twenty plus of them all at once?  That was my Monday a few weeks ago and it was pretty close to my dream job bucket list item of shooting for The Mrs. Box line themselves.  These heirloom ring boxes truly add a little something extra to detail shots on a wedding day but they are also an instant heirloom item that you as a bride just KNOW you will pass down to your daughter and grand daughter.  As a former art teacher, being able to capture the beauty of these showstoppers, was an absolute joy . . I believe that the details of a wedding day help to set the stage for the full story of who you and your groom are.

I was thrilled when Stephanie shared with me her idea to get her most favorite Mrs. Boxes and pair them with the local Diamonds Direct rings for some beautifully styled lay flats for her brand new wedding magazine that launched this week.

Have you seen the Engaged magazine yet?  No?!  Then head here to get a copy for yourself before they are gone!  If you are new to the Mrs. Box brand then whether you are a fellow wedding photographer, stylist, or bride you simply must head to their website to see their new line of boxes that came out this spring.  Which is your favorite?  Mine is the Paloma and Copeland.  They truly make your diamonds sparkle when set in the velvet fabric of these boxes.

Engaged Library Wedding Magazine

Vendors

Styling: Engaged Wedding Library

Rings: Diamonds Direct

Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box

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Bridgestreet Gallery Epic Italian Wedding

Italian Wedding at Bridgestreet GalleryAn Epic Italian Wedding

The strains of the traditional Tarantella dance began to float down the stairs at Alayna’s wedding reception and like magic gathered and beckoned the entire wedding party to join in what was an epic Italian wedding at Bridgestreet Gallery.  A month before the wedding Will and Alayna had warned me that it could be a bit rowdy but I found it to be an exuberant and joy-filled expression of what their wedding was about, a marriage.  

As the guests surrounded the couple and danced closer and closer to them, raising their hands as they sang and laughed, it was a visual reminder of their support for a legacy filled marriage with strong roots that would shore them up in the years to come.

Tradition and Legacy

The Italian wedding dance was just one of the many nods that Alayna and Will incorporated into their day to reflect not only their roots but their excitement for their future together.  They decided to have a first look at Bridgestreet before heading to St X, the church that Alayna grew up in.

It isn’t often that I find myself laughing during a wedding ceremony but the priest gave one of the best homilies????? I have heard at a wedding ever.  It was the prefect mixture of sage wedding advice and insights into marriage mixed with good humor.  

From the wedding ceremony, the couple headed back to Bridgestreet for their reception.  Alayna had given me a heads up that while they were doing the traditional first dances, she and her father had planned a coreagraphed father daughter dance.  It started out as any other first dance with the clutch and sway but then to the guests surprise, the music broke out into some of the most popular dance songs, complete with cute bridal sunglasses.

I loved Will and Alayna’s commitment to not only honor their roots but also to having fun at their wedding.  From cowbells and streamers at their exit to the Italian ice truck that had their college colors incorporated into the treat,  it was truly an epic Italian wedding at Bridgestreet Gallery and Loft.  Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Jackson.Bridesmaids getting readyBride revealing dress to bridesmaidsBridgestreet Gallery Bridal PortraitsItalian Wedding at Bridgestreet Gallery_0518Bridal Bouquet from Hothouse DesignGroom writing letter to brideIconic Bridal PortraitFirst Look Bridgestreet Gallery

Vendors

Ceremony: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Catholic

Reception: Bridgestreet Gallery and Loft

Floral Designer: Hothouse Design Studio

Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Abby B

Invitations: Fine Paperwork

Brides Dress: Lows Bridal

Bridesmaids Dress: Bella Bridesmaids

Grooms Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear

Catering: Majestic Catering

Cake: Magnificent Cakes

Live Band: Act III

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Soiree Branding Shoot

ethereal and romantic couples portraitSoiree Branding Shoot

It’s no secret that we LOVE LOVE LOVE a good branding shoot.  Especially when the words moody, romantic, and craft cocktails are included with a mood board that is paired with hundreds of candles and beautiful blooms.  It was an honor to be asked to shoot the new branding images for the Soiree Event Venue and work with Claire Mclafferty as she created some gorgeous cocktails to pair with the images.

Mixologist and Author in the HOUSE

I loved chatting with Claire as she created three drinks for the shoot.  Her attention to her craft and perfecting her drinks even when they weren’t being consumed was phenomenal.  As an author and amazing bartender . . I might have gone home immediately and bought her book . . what can I say . . Jason and I both love a good handcrafted whiskey cocktail . . whose with me?  It is one of our favorite nightcaps on the back porch during the summer.  Haven’t seen her book?  Go check her book out here.

Branding Brought to Life

Emily Wells brought her branding board vision to life with the help of Imperial Formal Wear, Mr. Burch Formal Wear, Cakes by Kim, The Hair and Makeup Collective, Tea and Old Roses, and some amazing blooms by Staci Bledsoe . . who knew there were purplish black succulents . . but the real true stars of the shoot were Brooke and Trent, a real life couple who brought some SERIOUS electricity to the shoot with some smoldering looks and great chemistry.  Just a few weeks later Trent popped the question and Brooke said YES while on a trip to Florida.  We as a team are so excited for them!

Are you experiencing a rebrand for your own business?  We would love to help provide you with branding images that show your business in its best light.  Feel free to reach out about your next project at info@meredithryncarz.com

Vendors

Venue: Soiree Event Venue

Style and Branding Design: Emily Wells

Hair and Makeup: The Hair and Makeup Collective

Dress: Imperial Formal Wear

Grooms Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear

Floral Design: Laurel Greene Studio

Place Settings: Tea and Old Roses

Cake: Cakes by Kim

Mixologist: Clair Mclafferty

Videography: Cinepear

Linens: Decor to Adore

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